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Morocco to receive advanced missile defense systems from Israel

Morocco has received a number of advanced Israeli missile defense systems, according to a recent report by the Israeli Defense Ministry.

The purchase is part of a bilateral deal made official during Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s visit to Morocco in November. The Israeli Defense Ministry reports that military exports to Morocco will exceed $1 billion this year.

In February, Morocco agreed to purchase the BARAK MX integrated air and missile defense system from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in a deal worth more than $500 million.

Ministry data showed that Israeli companies, including Elbit Systems, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, IAI and other defense industries, sold defense systems and services to Morocco, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates for $800 million, illustrating the economic benefits to Israel since signing Abraham’s agreements. This figure does not include IAI’s sale of the Barak-8 surface-to-air missile system to Morocco, a deal valued at $560 million, which will be included in this year’s export figures. Yair Kulas, director of SIBAT, estimates that Israel’s defense exports to Arab countries will cross the $1 billion mark in 2022.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that “the war between Russia and Ukraine has shown the world what has always been clear to us, namely that defense is a national necessity for all countries, and not just a luxury. Commercially, we benefit from these sales, but in a geopolitical sense, war is an unfortunate and evil thing.

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